Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://press.org/fourthestate
- Phone: (202) 662-7638
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - last seating, 8:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Susan Delbert
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: In addition to the a la carte dining in the Fourth Estate, we offer 10 other rooms, with seating up to 400, in which to hold your event.
- Cross Street: 14th & F
- Public Transit: Take Metro to the Metro Center Station. We are located on the corner of 14th and F. Enter on the 14th street side under the awning for the National Pres Building, and take the elevators to the 13th Floor. Ask the front desk attendant for the Fourth Estate Restaurant.
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: We offer parking during our dinner hours at the PMI Lot on 1325 G St, NW. Bring your ticket with you from the garage and we will gladly validate.
A word from Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club
Dine at the Fourth Estate restaurant at the National Press Club and you'll enjoy great food in a setting rich with history. It is the perfect place for a business lunch, interview or dinner with friends and colleagues. Executive Chef Susan Delbert offers up New American cuisine in a place where famous and newsworthy persons aren't just autographed pictures on the wall, they are probably speaking in the next room! While the venue is historic, the food is rooted in the here and now. Chef Delbert works with organic and small farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region, giving her access to the freshest, most flavorful meats and produce.Continued
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Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 24, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelQuiet
special occasion (29)great for lunch (22)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (15)romantic (10)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Good once we got inJMidAtlanticVIPDined on 11/18/2014The food was good, the ambiance lively with lots going on, but the front desk was not very welcoming. Guests were questioned closely and then sent to the wrong place (one ended up in the kitchen) or left to linger. Guests may not know there are "members" and "public" restaurants, only that they have been invited by someone who has a reservation. It seems to me that the front desk should know who has a reservation where, and direct people accordingly. What would otherwise have been a lovely meal at a historic place was thus marred. I am thinking twice about going back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PeteDined on 11/13/2014The food is quite decent, the service attentive and--best of all--it's quiet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hidden Gem, try them, you'll love themBobGVIPDined on 11/12/2014Most of the reviews I read before dining at the Fourth Estate were very positive and definitive and our experience mirrored all the good ones. Everything was perfect. While the menu is limited, there is enough variety to fit all tastes. The meal and wine prices were in line and the value for that price was absolutely in line. Every dish was very well prepared and extremely tasty. Our waiter Cecilio was exceptional, very professional, personable and always available but never pressing. The big thing that was mentioned in many reviews was that the restaurant was not crowded resulting in a quietness that was very conducive to conversations with your dining companions. We greatly appreciated this aspect; and the ambiance and décor are very soothing and relaxing. We will return and recommend it highly. The walls leading to the restaurant with all the pictures return many memories. All in all, an extremely enjoyable evening for us. Bob GSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dining DanwoodstoneDined on 11/8/2014Used Travelzoo deal and it seems like stealing to get such great food and service at that price. Get the crab cakes!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Classic restaurantJamesDined on 11/8/2014Very classy restaurant in the heart of washington DC. The service was exceptionally friendly, a tribute to management and the history of the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant experiencelike2visitDined on 10/30/2014The visit at the Fourth Estate Restaurant was outstanding. From the moment I walked in, my group was greeted and welcomed. Our waiter was excellent. He was very thorough and I wish I had taken his advice on the crabcakes. I had the NY steak which was cooked to perfection. My wife had the crabcakes and she let me sample. They were the best crabcakes I have had during my visit to the Maryland/D.C. area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Press Club was a great experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/25/2014Service was perfect and all three of us really enjoyed our meals. A special treat!Special Features:
- Dining Steeped in HistoryDogFartDined on 10/24/2014Surrounded by historic mementos, we enjoyed a quiet birthday dinner. Service, menu and ambiance did not disappoint. Fried oyster starter presented at best 3 and 1/2 very small oysters - a little disappointing. Second bread serving substituted dinner rolls because there was no more french bread! Overall a very good menu selection. Considering location, tradition and ambiance, I would definitely give them a 2nd chance to improve on the minor irritants. And I would recommend the restaurant to anyone for a special occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Place to Have LunchperfectluncherDined on 10/16/2014The lunch service is prompt, friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect for conversation. You can enjoy the deal and conversation without feeling rushed for other customers. The location is quiet and away from the rush crowds out for lunch. Perfect for lunch!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentPVSugareeDined on 10/11/2014Excellent food and superior service. We WILL be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A bit of historyLivingLifeToTheFullestDined on 10/1/2014Who would have ever thought! A place set aside to honor the press would have such a fantastic Resturant. The service was great. The crab cakes I ordered, were the best I've ever tasted. Definitely going to be taking out of town guests to this hidden treasure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Relaxing and refinedSherry4kidsDined on 10/1/2014Our first visit to Fourth Estate for dinner was wonderful. The service was excellent with waiters there to give suggestions, make sure you were satisfied and meet every need without being intrusive. The crab cakes were the best we've ever had and the raspberry/chocolate mousse was to die for! We will be returning to this restaurant!!Special Features:
- Not so greatPickyDinerVIPDined on 9/27/2014Place was nice. Kind of "old-fashioned formal". Service was good (not great, but good). Food not so great. Not really bad, but not worth going back for. Very limited choices of appetizers/sides. Desserts good. Wines good. Would have been overpriced had we not gone with a discount "deal". The place was almost empty, on a Saturday night, but since it's in the National Press Club building I guess they do more "daytime" and ballroom/conference business. Even in an almost empty house, they still managed to overcook one of the entrees (sent it back - it came out right the second time). The wine pairings were very good, as was dessert. I've seen many favorable reviews, mostly for daytime visits, so maybe better if you go for lunch/brunch.
- wish there had been more peopleRHJSNJDined on 9/24/2014the food here was outstanding. The service was fantastic is well. However we were the only diners in the restaurant besides the president of the press club. the history of the Press Club is quite interesting. Diners are encouraged to look at all of the pictures and mementos.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quiet gemOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/20/2014We selected this place in visiting DC as it said it was quiet and the food was good. It was all of that. Very much enjoyed looking at all of the great Pulitzer Prize Photos and press history. The duck breast was outstanding, the filet and salmon were as well according to the other guests. Would highly recommend this place if you are looking for a special occasion dinner where you want to be able to have some conversation that doesn't require shouting.Special Features:
- Delicious crab cakes!AlainVIPDined on 9/20/2014We took advantage of a Travelzoo deal to finally try this restaurant for brunch (they are open for dinner only until 9:00pm, which we find a bit too short). The crab cake was delicious, and so was the chocolate/raspberry mousse for dessert. However, although we enjoyed the food and found the gallery of photos entertaining, the ambiance is too much "Congress-esque" and serious for our tastes (which makes the perfect place for an important meeting). We enjoyed the food, but we are not sure we would return, living in Washington DC and having so many restaurants to choose from...Special Features:
- Do not go!HuihuiDined on 9/20/2014Terrible experience. If there were a choice for zero star, I'd give it a zero! The service and food were terrible!
- The Fourth Estate, 13th FloorOutandaboutDined on 9/17/2014We had an excellent dinner with friends from Massachusetts and were all very impressed. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was quiet and elegant. The quiet suited us well since we had a lot of catching up to do. The host and our server were attentive to detail and even took the time to tell us some interesting history about the restaurant. We loved being able to walk the halls later and see the pictures of all the famous people who have visited the National Press Club. Since The Fourth Estate is right in the center of DC, I would recommend it to any locals or tourists. If I lived there, it would be a frequent place for me to dine.Special Features:
- perfect for lunch with friendsDCWahooVIPDined on 9/16/2014This was my third trip here. The food is always very good as is the service. The dining room is very conducive to conversation, whether you're conducting business or just catching up with friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GoodeatsVIPDined on 9/3/2014Each dish was artistically presented. All four of us enjoyed are meal which was prepared to perfection. We would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sen2007VIPDined on 8/23/2014This would go on one of the best kept secrets list- we just got to hear of it and went in for a late dinner Saturday night on a conference trip to DC. Being history buffs we were captivated by the framed photos on the walls- so like museum exhibits telling stories -the news photographs were compelling too. The food was one of the finest in the city- the asparagus chicken was delicious- as was my melt in the mouth veggie and cheese enchilada. We shared a chocolate/vanilla ice cream in a tapered margarita glass with a basil mint garnish. This is a quiet place made for friendly intimacy and good conversation - an experience we truly enjoyed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spot for business lunchTomatNPCDined on 8/21/2014We were a group of four needing a pleasant spot for discussion over lunch. Our luncheon lasted 2 1/2 hours. Setting was quiet. Service and food were superb. Chef visited our table midway through the experience. We had almost no business papers on display. I had a small notebook to take notes. Fourth Estate was a better choice in the NPC than the less expensive Reliable Source which can be crowded and noisy. Everyone was happy about food, service and setting.Special Features:
- Unexpected SurprisebataanephewDined on 8/16/2014We came to The Fourth Estate courtesy of a "Capitol Deal" offer, still wary about "deals" and were pleasantly surprised. The service was excellent, friendly yet professional, and the food superb. The Fourth Estate served the best crab cakes I have ever had in a restaurant. The deserts simple and elegant. We'll return.Special Features:
- IsisVIPDined on 8/16/2014Revamped menu on some dishes is def an improvement. Service was excellent
- Great food. Not so great service.QualityFoodReviewsDined on 8/15/2014Excellent food! We loved everything we ordered. This is a great place for conversation too. The service was not so friendly and polite. It's still worth dining at this place, just for the food and ease of conversation.Special Features:
- Went for Restaurant WeekOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/15/2014Great menu except for dessert! We were so disappointed at our options on the restaurant week dessert menu that we just had sorbet and went over to the Hamilton for dessert.
- Still the Best Crab Cakes in Town!!DelighfullySurprisedDined on 8/15/2014Despite overlooking an atrium in the National Press Building, the service and food at the Fourth Estate more than made up for it. Engaging and helpful wait staff, spectacular food and not overly loud. The chilled cantaloupe and blueberry soup was a perfect start for a hot humid Washington day. the crab cakes were made with no fill so solid crab meat, lightly browned and absolutely delicious. I and my guests had a wonderful relaxing lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 4th estate is hidden dc gemgirlsnightoutDined on 8/14/2014chef is great, restaurant is great, service is great.... and in a historic location.....the press club it's in a good location right accross from the willard, but you have to go through the press building and elevator so it doesn't get a lot of foot traffic...... a real find.......Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I Found a Secret!TreasureSecretDined on 8/13/2014This is a great restaurant to take your significant other. You are sure to have his/her undivided attention. The atmosphere was very nice for lunch but I can only imagine what it would be like in the evening hours. From the Hostess to the young man cleaning the table, everyone was very nice and pleasant. I'll go back soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Great TimeSkolDined on 8/12/2014Table for four. One was gluten free guest. Limited but excellent menu. Crab cake, steak and salmon were all cooked to perfection. Service was attentive but not obsequious. Great time had by all. We'll be back.Special Features:
- A Gem For SureOlisguyDined on 8/9/2014What an all around experience! Outstanding service, food and ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a hidden gemOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/8/2014This place is really good, but it seems that a lot of people don't know about it. The wait staff actually remembered us and recalled how much we loved the crab cakes. The chef came to our table to greet us, and asked whether the meal was to our liking. You don't get this level of service at many restaurants. As for the food, it's great! This time I had lamb chops and my husband had his favorite crab cakes. The lamb chops were really good and nicely seasoned. They were served with a type of sauce/gravy which was OK, but I think they would have been fine on their own. The crab cakes were awesome, as usual. Please give this place a try. You won't be sorry.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 652 reviews are from the Fourth Estate Restaurant at the National Press Club reviews archive.
- baxiDined on 7/22/2014Came for dinner with our two 14 year old daughters and had a wonderful time. Service and food were excellent and even though there were no windows to the outside, being at the Press Club lent its own charm.Special Features:
- A Great Dining ExperienceCatherineDined on 7/19/2014My daughter and I had a most enjoyable evening at Fourth Estate. Everyone on staff was professional as well as personable and the food was outstanding. Kate had their famous crab cakes and I had a steak - both perfection. The wine list, although limited was well chosen and most acceptable for most tastes - not to mention well priced. We were treated as though we were members and the next time I'm in D.C. I will definitely dine at Fourth Estate.Special Features:
- great downtown lunch spotJoseph124VIPDined on 7/16/2014This is a great addition to lunchtime possibilities in downtown D.C. Check out the shrimp and calamari salads.Special Features:
- Great Restaurant.BDiddyDined on 7/12/2014This place has good food, good decor, and good service. While they are not perfect, we were very happy. I'd give them 4.5 stars. We had a table of 8 people for Saturday night dinner. We found them on open table, then found a deal on travel zoo. The restaurant was only 25% full. They had a mixup with our reservation and gave our requested table to a different party. However, they apologized and made it up to us. We had crab cakes, steak, cod, and chicken. There were also salads, bottles of wine, and desserts (flan, mouse, ice cream, rhubarb tart). The only mediocre food was the 2 steaks that were overcooked. We sent one steak back and received an excellent replacement.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UNIQUE AMERICAN HISTORY VIP PHOTOSweinerpublicDined on 7/12/2014Unique dining experience, where VIP's and all the rest of us combine, with history, value, and wonderful food. My wife and I just had dinner there with 6 friends including a national radio show host; all loved it. As a member of the Club's House Committee, I see the comments each month, and 99% are totally positive. We ate in the cubicle staring at wall-size photos of Eleanor Roosevelt and her friends in formal get-up with amazing hats. The rest of the restaurant and the Club's halls have photos of Presidents and VIP's. Great place to bring friends and family. It's on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 14th and F. Just take the elevator to 13. You feel like you are in an exclusive venue--you are, and it's open to the public.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great celebration dinnerjer537Dined on 7/2/2014Went here with my wife to celebrate selling our condo. Being in the National Press Club gave this restaurant a very classy vibe. Our waiter was extremely friendly and very knowledgable of the menu. We both had the crab cakes which were delicious. The blueberry cobbler was very tasty, not too sweet or heavy on the crust. Overall, we had a great experience and would highly recommend dining here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't Waste Your Moneyfoodie4Dined on 6/26/2014The food was terrible. Went for lunch. Impressive venue but virtually empty. We ordered the cantaloupe soup and there was every flavor but cantaloupe. The flavor that it did have was a muddy mess. The salmon was tasteless as if it were frozen for a long, long time and the sauce was broken and runny. However, the wait staff was attentive and professional.
- Quiet Historical LocationGC339Dined on 6/14/2014Go for the history, the crabcakes and the spicy pineapple granita. Very quiet spot with good service but lacking on menu options. Steaks were ok but they subbed out a side item without mentioning it during ordering. Manager gave us free dessert but then the ice cream had freezer burn. Crabcakes were good although pricey. If you like spicy foods, try the spicy pineapple granita for dessert - delicious.Special Features: